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AP sources: Saints negotiating with Texans for Mark Ingram

Wed Oct 27 11:28pm ET
By BRETT MARTEL
AP Sports Writer

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Houston Texans running back Mark Ingram (2) is tackled by Arizona Cardinals middle linebacker Jordan Hicks (58) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)


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Houston Texans' Mark Ingram (2) is tackled by Indianapolis Colts' Bobby Okereke (58) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)


NEW ORLEANS (AP) The Houston Texans and New Orleans Saints were working toward a trade Wednesday night that would send running back Mark Ingram to New Orleans, where he spent the first eight seasons of his career, two people person familiar with the situation said.

The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because not all aspect of the trade had been completed.

But one of the people said talks were ''trending'' toward an agreement in principle regarding Ingram's move back to New Orleans.

Ingram has played in seven games for Houston this season, rushing 92 times for 294 yards and a touchdown. He also has seven catches for 24 yards.

The former Alabama Heisman Trophy winner was drafted 28th overall by New Orleans in 2011. He spent the previous two seasons with Baltimore, where he had his last 1,000-yard season as a rusher in 2019.

Ingram, 31, twice rushed for more than 1,000 yards in a season in New Orleans. He rushed for a career-best 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2017, the first of two seasons he worked in tandem with Alvin Kamara in the Saints' backfield.

Ingram's production dropped sharply in 2018, his last season under contract with New Orleans, and he left for Baltimore in free agency after that.

Ingram appeared on social media to be pleased by word of the trade talks.

When Kamara posted a message about his former teammate rejoining him in the Saints' backfield, Ingram responded with an emoji of a smiling face shedding a tear and a fleur-de-lis, a symbol associated with French royalty that appears on Saints helmets and uniforms, as well as the official city flag of New Orleans.

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Player Notes
Geno Smith Oct 28 11:10am ET
Geno Smith

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith has struggled in his first two starts, but he has a chance to show some real value in Week 8 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars have been one of the worst teams in the NFL this season, especially on the defensive side of the ball. They've given up at least 20 points in every game, and they've generated just two total turnovers this year. Smith and the Seahawks offense have been rather conservative, due in large part to terrible matchups. However, the Jaguars don't have the defense to slow down this offense. Smith still lacks the top-end ceiling that other players at his position do, but he does have some low-end QB2 appeal in superflex leagues this week.

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Tyler Lockett Oct 28 11:10am ET
Tyler Lockett

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett has struggled mightily with quarterback Geno Smith under center, but he could bounce back in Week 8 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars have given up 289 or more passing yards in all but one game this season, with the lone exception being the Tennessee Titans, who dominated Jacksonville in the running game. Lockett remains a top-two target in the Seattle passing offense, and he's still a big-play threat waiting to happen. Seattle desperately needs a win to keep their playoff hopes alive until quarterback Russell Wilson (finger) returns from injury, and Lockett can be a big part of that this week. He'll be a boom/bust WR3/flex for fantasy managers.

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D.K. Metcalf Oct 28 11:10am ET
D.K. Metcalf

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver D.K. Metcalf struggled due to the rain last week, but he has a chance for a big fantasy outing in Week 8 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Metcalf leads the team in targets since quarterback Geno Smith took over the starting duties when quarterback Russell Wilson (finger) went down with an injury. He also scored the team's lone touchdown last week thanks to his big-play ability on a long reception in the first quarter. The Jaguars have given up 289 or more yards in all but one game this season, and they don't generate many turnovers. With the Seattle running backs banged up, Metcalf should see a sizable workload and put together a strong week. There's more volatility with him as long as Smith is under center, but Metcalf should at least be a WR2 play this week.

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Jason Myers Oct 28 11:10am ET
Jason Myers

Seattle Seahawks kicker Jason Myers was one of the safest fantasy options a season ago, but he no longer has that status heading into Week 8 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Myers is just 6-for-10 on field goals this year, and he's 24-for-29 on kicking opportunities overall. He has yet to hit double-digit fantasy points in a single game this season, and the offense is struggling with quarterback Geno Smith under center. There are only two kickers on byes this week, and this game is projected to be one of the lower-scoring games on the slate. Even if you have one of those kickers that's out of commission for the week, Myers shouldn't be your top replacement option.

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Trevor Lawrence Oct 28 11:10am ET
Trevor Lawrence

The Seattle Seahawks defense has been one of the worst groups on that side of the ball this season, and their matchup in Week 8 against the Jacksonville Jaguars isn't the best. The Jaguars have yet to score more than 23 points in a game this season, but the Seahawks have held opponents to fewer than 21 points just twice, and one of those was the rainy game they played a week ago against the New Orleans Saints. The Seahawks have generated at least one turnover in all but one game this season, but their pass rush has been lacking, as they've gotten just 12 sacks through seven games. Jags rookie quarterbackTrevor Lawrencecould give them takeaway opportunities, but this game could turn into a sneaky shootout. Don't count on Seattle for your fantasy lineups this week.

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Dak Prescott Oct 28 11:10am ET
Dak Prescott

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is a strong fantasy option like always in a Week 8 Sunday Night Football matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. Prescott and the Cowboys are coming off their bye week, but the last time he was on the field, Dak threw for 445 yards and three touchdowns. He's been a fantasy QB1 for three weeks in a row and in four of the six games the Cowboys have played so far. Minnesota's defense could be a challenge, but the Cowboys have proven that they have an elite offense which is becoming mostly matchup proof. Prescott is a mid-range QB1 this week with top-tier upside.

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Matthew Stafford Oct 28 11:00am ET
Matthew Stafford

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford is the QB6 after seven weeks, and he has a great matchup to slide further up the rankings in Week 8 against the Houston Texans. Stafford has thrown for two or more touchdowns in six out of seven games this year, and he's thrown for at least 250 yards in every single game. The Texans are giving up an average of 260 yards per game through the air to opposing quarterbacks. They've only given up 12 passing touchdowns, and the main reason that number isn't higher is because teams often are running on them when they get out to a big lead. Stafford may not have the same elevated ceiling in a game where the Rams figure to be leading for much of the game, but he's still a smart play for this week.

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Darrell Henderson Oct 28 11:00am ET
Darrell Henderson

Los Angeles Rams running back Darrell Henderson Jr. looked as though he was heading towards a possible running back committee earlier in the season, but it's clear heading into a great matchup in Week 8 against the Houston Texans that this backfield belongs all to him. Henderson has played at least 60 percent of the offensive snaps in every game he's been active this season, and he's dominating the touches over backup Sony Michel. The Texans have given up the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs thanks in large part to their eight total touchdowns allowed. Henderson has clear RB1 upside in a great matchup this Sunday.

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Cooper Kupp Oct 28 11:00am ET
Cooper Kupp

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp is en route to a WR1 overall campaign this season, and that battle continues in Week 8 against the Houston Texans. The Texans have no defender that is capable of matching up with Kupp on an every-down basis. Kupp is firmly the WR1 in the Rams offense. He's seen double-digit targets in every game this season, and he's had at least 64 receiving yards in every game. Kupp has also scored in five out of seven games this year thanks in large part to his 31 percent target share in the red zone. Kupp should be locked into your lineups this week, as always.

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Robert Woods Oct 28 11:00am ET
Robert Woods

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods has shown some life in recent weeks, but he still lacks the high-end ceiling heading into Week 8 against the Houston Texans. Woods has recorded at least 30 yards in every game since Week 2, and he's maintained a 21 percent target share in the red zone this season. With targets going to a number of other weapons, Woods doesn't have the pure high ceiling that we're used to seeing from him, but he's still a safe flex option, at worst, this week against Houston.

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Tyler Higbee Oct 28 11:00am ET
Tyler Higbee

Los Angeles Rams tight end Tyler Higbee has maintained a consistent role in the team's offense this season, and he could have some sneaky upside in Week 8 against the Houston Texans. Higbee is second on the team in red-zone target share at just over 25 percent, and he's the lone tight end on the team getting any involvement in the receiving game. This week he gets the Texans, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season thanks in large part to the six touchdowns they've given up to the position. The tight end position doesn't require a ton of yards for fantasy to be relevant, so if Higbee just finds his way into the end zone, he could return a lot of value this week.

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Mike Williams Oct 28 9:10am ET
Mike Williams

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (knee) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice. He was a game-time decision and ended up suiting up in Week 6 against the Baltimore Ravens. The Chargers wide receiver caught two of his five targets for 27 yards in a Week 6 blowout loss versus the Ravens. He was on the sidelines most of the fourth quarter, but reportedly it was a precaution due to the game's blowout nature. Williams had the bye in Week 7 to rest his knee and appears fully recovered after logging a full practice on Wednesday. The 27-year-old is having a break-out season in 2021, hauling in 33-of-56 targets for 498 yards and six touchdowns over six games. Williams is a borderline WR1 against the New England Patriots in Week 8.

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DeVante Parker Oct 28 8:43am ET
DeVante Parker

Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (shoulder, hamstring) has good recent history against the Buffalo Bills if he's able to return in Week 8. Over the last three games, spanning this season and last, Parker has 17 catches for 211 yards and a touchdown against the Bills.

Fantasy Spin: Parker would be a high-end WR3 if he can make it back this week.

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Matt Ryan Oct 28 8:43am ET
Matt Ryan

Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan did not throw a touchdown in two games against the Carolina Panthers last year. He was 42-for-67 for 507 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.

Fantasy Spin: Ryan is 20th in fantasy points at the position, and his time as a starter in fantasy has passed. He's only an option in two-QB leagues, and you should look elsewhere if you're covering a bye.

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DeAndre Hopkins Oct 28 8:30am ET
DeAndre Hopkins

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) is expected to play in Thursday's matchup against the Green Bay Packers. He is listed as questionable for Thursday Night Football after not practicing all week with a hamstring injury. According to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, the Cardinals are "expecting/hopeful" Hopkins will play. Fantasy managers should check back an hour and a half before 8:20 ET game time to ensure the star receiver is active. The 29-year-old has caught 33 of his 47 targets for 420 yards and seven touchdowns in seven games. Hopkins is an elite WR1 and, if active, should be started in all league formats.

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T.J. Hockenson Oct 28 7:20am ET
T.J. Hockenson

Detroit Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson (ankle, knee) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice. He has been bothered by a knee injury most of October and is now dealing with an ankle issue. The 24-year-old has yet to miss any games, but injuries have limited his production. Hockenson has hauled in 22-of-33 targets for 196 receiving yards and hasn't found the end zone over his last five games. The Lions' tight end is expected to suit up for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Despite the recent lack of production and injuries, Hockenson is considered a mid-range TE1 in Week 8.

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Chase Claypool Oct 28 6:20am ET
Chase Claypool

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool (hamstring) comes out of his Week 7 bye to take on the Cleveland Browns on the road in Week 8. Claypool disappointed in his last game, catching just two passes for 17 yards, but he should bounce back in a plus matchup against Cleveland in Week 8. Cleveland has struggled to contain opposing receivers this season, allowing the 11th-most fantasy points per game to the position. The Browns could be without top cornerback Denzel Ward (hamstring), which would be a boost to Claypool's fantasy stock. Claypool continues to show a boom/bust element in his game in his second year but he can be used as a solid WR2 in Week 8 against Cleveland.

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Jeff Wilson Oct 28 6:20am ET
Jeff Wilson

San Francisco 49ers running back Jeff Wilson Jr. (knee) has an outside chance to practice this week. He hasn't played at all this year after having meniscus surgery in May, and the 49ers are "hopeful" the running back could return in a few weeks. The 25-year-old rushed for 600 yards on 126 attempts and seven touchdowns while catching 13-of-28 targets for 133 yards and three scores over 12 games in 2020. He is still a few weeks away from returning, and it's unclear what Wilson's role will be when he is back. Elijah Mitchell continues to lead the 49ers backfield, followed by Trey Sermon and JaMycal Hasty. Fantasy managers should continue to stash Wilson in 12-team or more leagues.

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James Washington Oct 28 6:20am ET
James Washington

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver James Washington failed to capitalize on his increased opportunities in Week 6. Despite JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder) being out for the season, Washington only played eight snaps against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 6, finishing with one catch for nine yards. He will look to bounce back in a plus matchup against the Cleveland Browns in Week 8. Cleveland is allowing the 11th-most fantasy points per game to wide receivers this season and may be without top cornerback Denzel Ward (hamstring) in Week 8. That being said, Washington can't be trusted for fantasy until he shows that he will be a major piece of the Pittsburgh offense. Treat him as a desperation flex for Week 8.

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Diontae Johnson Oct 28 6:00am ET
Diontae Johnson

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson has been heavily targeted in 2021, having drawn double-digit looks in all but one of his games played. He will head on the road to take on the Cleveland Browns in Week 8 in what sets up as a plus matchup for the veteran wideout. Cleveland is allowing the 11th-most fantasy points per game to opposing receivers and may be without top cornerback Denzel Ward (hamstring) in the game. Johnson can be trusted as a low-end WR1 against Cleveland in Week 8.

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